Apr 24, 2021

Bathiudeen releases a video before his arrest

Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and his brother Riyadh Bathiudeen were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department on Saturday (24) morning.

Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said the Bathiudeen brothers were arrested at their Bauddhaloka Mawatha & Wellawatte residences.

“They were arrested by the CID on the charges of aiding and abetting the suicide bombers responsible for the 2019 April 21s Attacks,” said DIG Ajith Rohana.

The Criminal Investigations Department had recorded statements from witnesses and collected circumstantial as well as scientific evidence, he added.

Further investigations will continue under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

However, before his arrest, he released a video in Tamil on his official Facebook page.